linux-crashdump in linux-meta

Dann Frazier dann.frazier at
Thu Oct 2 13:22:17 UTC 2014

On Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 1:38 AM, Louis Bouchard
<louis.bouchard at> wrote:
> Hi,
> Le 01/10/2014 18:42, Andy Whitcroft a écrit :
>> On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 04:43:15PM -0500, Chris J Arges wrote:
>>> What is the significance of the linux-crashdump package being built from
>>> linux-meta? Essentially it is an alias to kdump-tools, with some extra
>>> grub dependencies. Why aren't those dependencies put into kdump-tools
>>> instead, and are these deps still even relevant?
>> I'd say that linux-crashdump is a semantic link to the current
>> implementation via kexec-tools and as such makes quite a lot of sense.
>> It also allows us a place to tie any extra dependancies we might need
>> which are not strictly part of kexec-tools, as you may be installing
>> that to get kexec functionality _not_ to enable crash dumping.
>> -apw
> linux-crashdump is a nice idea, no doubt about it. Having it as a meta-package
> part of the kernel package is a non-sense to me; there is no direct dependency
> b/w kernel crash dump utilities (which is what linux-crashdump installs) and the
> linux kernel itself, other than having the kexec functionality available.
> I think that it should stand by itself and I'd be happy to look over it.
> Kind regards,
> P.S. which would let me remove the dependency on the crash tools which doesn't
> make any sense either, we rarely do the analysis on the crashing node

Sounds like a good use for "Suggests" :)


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